Are there Side Effects of Continued Use of Ibuprofen Products and Other Pain Relievers
Out of 100,000 who take ibuprofen or aspirin, 15 will die, according to The American Journal of Gastronomy. You might think that this is exaggerated since doctors are the ones who advise people to take ibuprofen for pain reduction, but there are notable side effects caused by prolonged use of these medicines.
If you are taking painkillers to treat back pain, joint pain, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or any chronic pain condition for quite a long time, it is suggested that you should be in close contact with your doctor. Regular check ups will help you monitor your condition, especially for heart problems, stroke, kidney, liver and gastrointestinal problems. Watch out for any increase in blood pressure. In taking good care of your health, consider your different body organs and the effects of medicines like ibuprofen and aspirin that can be very dangerous. They can actually do a lot of damage to the stomach and liver. Remember that the liver and kidneys serve as filters. They manage the toxins in the body. Without them there would be a mess in the body which can lead to some serious health problems.
If you are taking medications, especially pain killers, make sure you have regular visits with your doctor to see that you still have a healthy liver. Avoid drinking alcohol. If you ever had gastrointestinal bleeding or ulcers, it have been caused by any of these ‘non-steroid anti-inflammation drug’ (NSAIDs). Make sure you avoid prolong use of ibuprofen and other pain relievers.
There are other alternatives to managing pain and relieving inflammation with the use of topical pain gels and herbal supplements. When looking for topical pain relievers, choose one that is menthol based and not containing capsaicin. Capsaicin is made from hot pepper extract. It give a hot effect on the skin and can irritate the skin. Other ingredients to look for are Arnica and MSM. Both are known worldwide for their anti-rheumatic properties. Although the FDA does not recognize medicinal herbs and their properties, look to see if any key ingredient is FDA compliant.
The use of NSAIDs, oral herbal supplements and topical pain relievers can offer effect pain management. You should take caution of any prolonged use and should always consult a physician of prolonged pain.
About the Author
Rod Cleveland is co-founder of Performance Health, LLC. Performance Health, LLC distributes an arthritis and muscle pain relief cream.